Thursday, April 17, 2008

OH HOW BLEAK LIFE IS - THE BUDS ARE SHRIVELLING AND THE HEADMASTER'S COMPLAINING

The Madame Alfred Carriere Rose knows English.

I wish I'd been warned!

Its blooms are oversized - I said. (And droopy!)

I complained of its pinkish tinge.

But I didn't know it was listening!

Perhaps I should have phrased it better?

For now, it mopes.

The buds are opening too soon (before they have properly swelled). The petals are small and their edges are dulled with brown.

To dislike pinkish and large - should not be taken to mean I like small, discoloured and distorted.

So -
I must be polite; grovel; explain.

I'm glad it speaks English - cos I don't know 'Rose'.


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PLANTS OUTSIDE OUR LIVING ROOM WINDOW
(THE LAST, EXCITING EPISODE)
PLANT IN WAITING:-
BLACKCURRANT BUSH
My allotment is now a housing estate.
(And I don't trust Ming's to last.)
So until we find one 'for ever and aye' I keep our fruit bushes in 'holding bays' - with a blackcurrant one (by our window) between the nettles and mint.
(Mint? Did I list Mint in the 'Plants That Are Meant To Be There'?)
Hidden in the shrubbery and down by the apple tree there are more.
1.) Two Blackcurrant bushes.
2.) One Whitecurrant bush which I thought was dead but which suddenly has leaves on.
3.) One dead Red Cob Nut. (Which might be a dead Red Hazel.)
4.) One green Hazel that Ming says isn't a hazel at all.
Witch Hazel? - Wych Hazel? - NUT BUSH!
END OF INVENTORY
POM!
* * * * *
Letter from Headmaster.
Ming's hair is too short and too green.
* * * * *
North East wind.
* * * * *
Need to buy tea.


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6 comments:

Frances, said...

Poor Madame A., hope she can forgive and forget. We just planted a Madame A. also, I will be ever so complimentary to her, shower her with praise as well as water. Do the currants have thorns?

Melanie said...

Esther, I was digging in my garden and came across an older variety daylily 'Ming Porcelain'. I do wish I lived in England as I'd like to give Ming a piece of this plant. It's a lovely color, pale, pinkish creme (like it's name). Since the foliage is quite green I thought it would suit Ming just perfectly.

Yummy black currents!

Zoë said...

Hi Esther, yes I believe they sell postcards at Wisley, I go there once or twice a month. I would be happy to send you the original photographs these bark images came from if you would like them?

Regards,

Zoë

Esther Montgomery said...

Yes please Zoe.

(I've just left a rude note about Hampton Court Gardens on your blog.)

Esther

(I'm a bit opinionated!)

Esther Montgomery said...

Frances -

I was thinking they all have thorns - but your question prompted me to go and look.

The blackcurrant outside our living room window has thorns.

The other two blackcurrants don't. Nor does the whitecurrant.

I'm a bit muddled about what's what.

I can't remember anything about the whitecurrant.

And I can't remember whether I bought a Wellington XXX or thought about it - then didn't.

I was also given some blackcurrant cuttings by a Russian friend who said the currants from her plants would be extra-large compared with the ones we usually grow here.

The trouble is, I haven't really looked after them so none of them have fruited well at all.

I thought they would be in their 'holding bays' for only a short time - but I've been 'next on the list' for an allotment for several years now.

Of course, the one I want is on a site everyone else wants too and no-one gives up their plot unless forced to. (Usually by death.)

By the time I get 'on' I'll be too old, myself, to do anything with it!

Esther

Esther Montgomery said...

Melanie - Your Ming Porcelain sound lovely.

I don't think I've come across them before - but now I'll 'look out'.

Esther